Riding the Rapids of the River Wild Remake Trailer

Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

It’s been nearly thirty years since Meryl Streep and David Strathairn boarded a raft with their young son, Jurassic Park’s Joseph Mazzello, on Curtis Hanson’s The River Wild. Boasting non-stop suspense, the film was more than just a ride down a lazy river, incurring nature’s wrath and adding a duo of criminals, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly, into the mix. Streep would be nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards for her performances in the thriller, and Bacon earned his first Golden Globe nomination.  

Poster art for River Wild shows Leighton Meester and Taran Killam on the left side, a photo of Adam Brody on the right and the three on a raft headed downstream in the center.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

The River Wild also became a summertime vacation favorite for my family, my sisters and mother watching it on repeat in 1995 when the VHS came out. When the news broke this week that a River Wild remake was imminently on the horizon, I may have transgressed into a giddy state of old summer memories, excited to see Leighton Meester (The Weekend Away), Adam Brody (Ready or Not), and Taran Killam (Killing Gunther) have a crack at this human vs. human against nature story. 

This time around, it won’t be a husband and wife getting into a raft with their son, and instead, Meester and Killam will be playing a pair of distrusting siblings paddling against the rapids with a large group that includes Brody’s character, a childhood friend who turns out to be more dangerous than he presents himself. Mike Nguyen Le (Patient Zero, Dark Summer) penned the script with director Ben Ketai (30 Days of Night: Dark Days) that takes the already dark storyline of the 1994 film and makes it feel much more harrowing.

The River Wild remake trailer has the same tone as other recent remakes, Wrong Turn and The Mosquito Coast, where you can tell the writing is heavily pushing a more tense and dramatic storyline, littering the naturally warm and vibrant hues of nature with a darker, colder overtone in the cinematography to fit the dread-centric portions of the rest of the party’s plight. If the film emerges and matches the atmosphere of the River Wild trailer, we could be looking at one scary raft-invasion thriller.  

River Wild will be available to own on Blu-Ray and Digital on August 1.  

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Written by Sean Parker

Living just outside of Boston, Sean has always been facinated by what horror can tell us about contemporary society. He started writing music reviews for a local newspaper in his twenties and found a love for the art of thematic and symbolic analysis. Sean joined Horror Obsessive at it's inception, and is currently the site's Creative Director. He produces and edits the weekly Horror Obsessive podcast for the site as well as his interviews with guests. He has recently started his foray into feature film production as well, his credits include Alice Maio Mackay's Bad Girl Boogey, Michelle Iannantuono's Livescreamers, and Ricky Glore's upcoming Troma picture, Sweet Meats.

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